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Nurses Urgently Needed

New push to boost nurses education and job satisfaction

Has a nurse made a difference in the quality of medical care you or a family member received? If you’re a nurse, how do you and your peers make a difference in the quality and cost of care?

The Center to Champion Nursing in America—an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—would like to hear your personal story.

Several studies have shown that the higher the level of nursing care, the better the medical outcome for patients. But the United States is facing a growing shortage of nurses, with an estimated 118,000 nursing positions in hospitals currently unfilled. As the population ages and demand grows, the shortage could increase to 1 million nurses by 2020. In addition, nursing schools are turning away applicants because of faculty shortages.

The Center to Champion Nursing, launched in December, is addressing these problems by working to raise awareness, seeking government funding to expand nursing education and boosting job satisfaction for nurses.

You can help, too, by sending your story to nursingstories@aarp.org

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